I'm happy to join Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews, Paranormal Features, today. I was particularly happy to read her especial enjoyment of A Wrinkle In Time, as that was my first introduction to fantasy writing, and my life-long enjoyment of that genre.
In fact, now that I consider it, there are some parallels between Dementional and A Wrinkle In Time. Both are predicated on characters between whom there might otherwise be tension because of contrasting styles of thinking (scientific/rational vs. emotional) as well as a trippy set of travels through dimensions that would otherwise be inaccessible without some element of the fantastic.
L'Engle starts her book with the cliche of "a dark and stormy night" and turns the cliche on its head by taking the reader on a wild ride through thought experiments and the possibility of a tesseract, that is then brought into reality via Mrs Who, Mrs Which, and Mrs Whatsit. My book starts in our current reality, and de-evolves through the loss of a Higgs boson. In both cases, an underpinning scientific principle provides readers access to additional perspectives and strange experiences.
Ultimately, I suspect all scifi writers play with Arthur C. Clarke's third law--that is, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." What makes any exploration of advanced technology that appears magical interesting, though, is how it impacts the characters in the story. Human perspectives and relationships dominate L'Engle's story, where mine takes detours into other kinds of bodies. Since I hadn't seen a story where a human soul was forced to experience life in non-human contexts, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to force a very scientific individual (read: understanding life through only what his five senses and logic could confirm to him) to review the biases of human perspective. Another divergence comes from the Christian themes L'Engle weaves into her story. Mine argues subtly for a faith in a larger perspective, while leaving out the details and biases of current, Earth-based religions.
I hope I'm not being presumptuous at having drawn parallels between an award-winning classic in the scifi cannon and my second novel; if so, please forgive me. I find it intriguing that after all these years, one of the first "big" books I read as a first-grader has come back to me in ways I hadn't considered. I hope you're as entertained by my flight of fancy as I was.
Synopsis of Dementional:
Mark Inman has two loves: particle physics and Sarah. She agrees to become his wife at the same time his experiment to find the Higgs boson goes off the rails.
Journey with Mark while his existence melts and reforms in unpredictable ways as the veils between realities thin. His exploration of the minutiae of quantum physics builds a fascinating tapestry of alternate universes.
His search for survival, and the search for meaning and what is real, drive Mark as he experiences lives he never dreamed possible. His only touchstones: find Sarah and find his way home.
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A voracious reader since she was a toddler, and an ordained spiritualist, Tonya Cannariato has now presided over the marriage of her love of reading and her love of writing. She’s lived a nomadic life, following first her parents in their Foreign Service career through Africa, Europe, and Asia, and then her own nose criss-crossing America as she’s gotten old enough to make those choices for herself. She’s currently based in Milwaukee with her three loves: her husband and two Siberian Huskies. She suspects her Huskies of mystical alchemy with their joyous liberation of her muse and other magical beings for her inspiration. She loves to sleep, to watch her interesting dreams, some of which are now finding new life in written form.
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